4.13.2011

How To: Spring Cocktails

The winter coats are packed away, the trees are starting to sprout leaves & flowers, and the ground is covered with pollen grass. It must be spring! Even if you're currently staring at 4 feet of snow (or just rain, in my case) here are some refreshing cocktails (Elle Sees approved!) to getcha in the mood for spring! Enjoy.

Basil Lime Gimlet
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 5 pieces of basil
  • 1 whole lime
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup
Put 4 fresh basil leaves in a mixing glass. Squeeze the lime in and muddle leaves. Fill glass with ice cubes. Add simple syrup and vodka. Shake and strain into cocktail glass. Float last leaf of basil on the top as garnish.


Key Lime Pie Martini
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) vanilla flavored vodka
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) key lime liqueur (recommended: KeKe Beach Key Lime Liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Ice cubes
Pour the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow dish. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of a martini glass and roll the edge in the graham cracker crumbs. Chill the glass for 30 minutes or until ready to serve. 
Combine the vanilla vodka, key lime liqueur, pineapple juice, and cream in a shaker. Fill the shaker half full with ice and shake until well blended. Pour into prepared martini glass, garnish with a lime
wedge and serve immediately.


Rosemary Lemon Drop
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce limoncello
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup


To make the lemon drop martini, bend 1 sprig of rosemary and drop it into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice.  Measure in the vodka, limoncello, lemon juice, and simple syrup into the shaker. Cap it and shake vigorously.
Rim a martini glass with rosemary sugar, if desired. Strain the cocktail into the martini glass. Float the remaining rosemary sprig in the glass.

Cucumber Spa Cooler
  • 1  cucumber, thinly sliced, plus 1 additional slice for garnish
  • 1⁄8 tsp. fresh mint
  • 1 1⁄2 oz. vodka
  • 1⁄2 oz. lemon-lime soda
  • 1 squeeze of lime
In a cocktail shaker, combine the cucumber slices, mint, and 1⁄4 cup crushed ice. Using a muddler, crush ingredients until slushy. Add more ice, vodka, and soda. Cover, shake vigorously to combine, and pour contents into a glass garnished with a slice of cucumber.

PS--Here are some posts for summer cocktails (1,  2,  3)
And some hot toddies

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10 comments:

  1. i am just over a year away from legally being allowed to drink so i can't try this out (well i could but i am generally a good kid haha) but i will say those flowers are pretty!

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  2. Yummyyyyyy! These must be delicious!
    Thanks for sharing dear:)

    ♥ Kisses ♥

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  3. Oh i love Key Lime Pie martinis!They are so fresh and taste more like icecream than alcohol. Haha I haven't been able to handle a martini since college but I miss them sometimes. I have also had a Key Lime Pie Pina Colada from Cheeseburger in Paradise and those are super delicious as well!

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  4. Basil Lime Gimlet- that sounds good. Hope you are feeling better!

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  5. That cucumber drink sounds so refreshing! And key lime martinis are sooooooo delish!

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  6. The cucumber spa cooler sounds delish!! I love any drink with cucumber, but I'd probably substitute the vodka for gin. I love the gin/cucumber combination. Gosh - now you have me wanting a stiff drink out on a patio!

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  7. holy smokes. this page is getting book marked.

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  8. Fabulousness! haha! Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. It is a sunny Sunday afternoon, all these cocktails look incredible! I am in love with all things Rosemary, so that lemon drop sounds incredible!

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